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  1. JordanJames

    Tallahassee, FL

    I'm looking for an apartment within walking distance of the department, but I'm having trouble finding anything that isn't a privately-owned undergrad dorm. I have a problem with making it to bus stops on time, and I don't believe I'll have a car while I'm there, so I have to find something within walking distance of campus. Normally I wouldn't even mind an undergrad atmosphere in my apartment building and god knows I love beer pong, but I'd imagine these spring break resorts they call student housing would encourage outrageous behavior from 19 year olds and keep me from sleeping most nights.
  2. JordanJames

    Dandy Doctoral Candy

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    Dandy Doctoral Candy

    Good luck finding that in South Bend. I'd suggest that you start lowering you standards right now. I remember when I moved to the South for undergrad being angry that I couldn't find a decent pizza place anywhere. One day I was complaining while I split a pie from Domino's with some people, and my friend finally got annoyed with me. "Pizza is like sex, even when it's bad it's good; so chill out and just eat the god damned pizza," he said. Cliche? Yes, but from that point on I was fine with ordering Domino's, and I'm pretty sure I never complained again. Anyways, I think you should mentally transition from Vandy Candy to the ND Trough, or you will be pretty unhappy your first year of grad school. As for me, I could be married or single when I start school next year, so I can't even begin to think about this sort of thing. Also, this issue goes both ways, and I'm pretty sure many women going to grad school are worried about the same thing. If the pairing up thing is true, it's pretty scary considering there are about 10-20 people in each first year cohort in a department at most schools.
  4. JordanJames

    Advice from an actual PhD

    Me sorry, no understand wordz. Please picture draw for me.
  5. JordanJames

    Advice from an actual PhD

    C seems to be the best bet. I'm going to transition away from the GradCafe to Eharmony soon to find my sugar mama. Unlike you though, I haven't given up on professional sports. I'm hoping Bobby Bowden spots my skills on the flag football field, offers me a scholarship, turns me into an All American Safety and I get drafted in the Second Round (I'm trying to be realistic) by the Bears. If I don't find my sugar mama and Bobby Bowden doesn't have the recruiting acumen to recognize my talent, I'm going to become a professional poker and backgammon player while entering hot dog, egg and wing eating competitions on the side.
  6. JordanJames

    Advice from an actual PhD

    lol, well actually, according to the Realist there are only 18 top 25 schools, and UIUC isn't on the list. To be a top 25 school your school must be in the top 25 of all rankings. I'm going to FSU and they were ranked 22 on Chingos placement rankings, but they also fail to make the list. Thus, we are both screwed and it doesn't matter whether we go to Illinois or Phoenix Online, none of us will get a tenure track job anywhere. Don't pay attention to the placement records which show Illinois placing students at Brown, Tennessee, Texas, Washington & Lee and Georgia among others in recent years. THERE IS NO WAY YOU WILL FIND WORK ANYWHERE. Is there truth in what the OP said? Yes. But are some of the generalizations he has made and his list of top schools infallible? No.
  7. JordanJames

    Thoughts on transferring?

    True, also it is the New School that he frequently visits. More importantly, that scene in Good Will Hunting is great (cliche, but I don't even care). But, I'd like to point out that there are more pathetic figures in that scene than the long haired loser. I would rather be that guy than 1 of the 3 stereotypical Harvard dorks standing behind him. That's why I'm giving Vandy Candy's response to Realist a 9.5/10. Had you compared him to a member of the Harvard posse, it might have merited a 10. Good job though. Realist, I agree with almost everything you have said on this board, but your pessimism is getting quite annoying. I think everybody here realizes (at least by now) that it's harder to get a tenure track position when you go to a school that is below the top 25 (whatever that is) or that transferring is harder in grad school than in undergrad. But many of us don't aim to go to a school outside of the top 25 and do mediocre work, we are striving for excellence. If we don't achieve it, there will be a place in academia for us somewhere lower down the ladder, and for many of us that's better than taking a 9-5, working in a law firm or becoming a stock broker. For those that enter a PhD program and would like to transfer but are unable to do so, at least they have the opportunity to obtain their PhD at the institution they entered, prove themselves through their work and find a job somewhere. I don't believe that those of us who obtain a PhD from a lower school will end up on some street corner begging for change because our school was ranked 30 or 40 or 50. I don't want to offend you and I don't think you're trying to be malicious, but I think it would help us a lot more to know what to do when we're in grad school (what conferences we should aim to present at, what topics are hot, etc.) instead of concentrating on how terrible our job prospects are if we're not at one of the 18 schools that are top 25 schools.
  8. JordanJames

    Thoughts on transferring?

    No, I started drinking an hour ago. Also, I think Columbia has a late MA deadline, so you might want to check them out.
  9. JordanJames

    PoliSci 2007-2008 Cycle

    Congrats!!!
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    Approaching Recruitment Weekends: How to talk to Profs

    I'm very worried about my visit. I've been in contact with 2 people who will also be visiting the school who have been contacted by a few professors asking them to work for them and I haven't been contacted yet. I don't know if/how to broach the subject and who I should even talk to about this. I have an idea of who I'd probably work with, but I haven't spoken to anybody about this (I didn't email any professors before I applied). I also hate networking and can be somewhat introverted in these kinds of situations, so I'm worried that I might find a way to ruin my chances of working with the professors I have in mind. So, Vandy Candy, I don't know how I'm going to approach my visit, but I'm willing to bet that once I get there I'll grab a diet coke and remain as anonymous as possible as I sip on my tasty zero calorie beverage of choice.
  11. While applying to PhD programs, I also applied for a couple of tenure track academic positions abroad (I'm a J.D.). I have a telephone interview on Wed. with a business school and was wondering whether anybody has any advise. This is my first interview for an academic position, and I don't really know what to expect. The university is accredited in America, the vast majority of professors in the department are American business school PhDs or law school grads, and the school is run virtually like any other university in America. Also, lets assume I'm offered the position. I've been accepted by a political science program that ranks between 25-40 in the couple of rankings I've looked at, and it is a program that I really like. Should I just get my PhD now or should I take the position and reapply a year or 2 later for a PhD in poli sci, and will the faculty position teaching business law classes in a business school help boost my application for poli sci PhD programs? Would I be able to use this position to begin my career in academia and find a job elsewhere (in another department or school), or might this be a dead end (it is an average university in the Middle East)? I'm afraid that I can only go so far with just a taught doctorate, and that I won't be able to end up researching (having the research actually published) and teaching the subjects I'm most interested in. Also, the job is in a city that I have always dreamed of living in, but I always thought that it would be where I ended my career. My end goal is to produce valuable, original and respected research that contributes to the areas of democratization, comparative constitutional law and formal theory. Any thoughts?
  12. JordanJames

    Scared?

    Don't worry. I'm pretty much a native speaker, and chances are your professors themselves don't speak conversational Arabic like a native. Arabic is a hard language, and knowing the rules of grammer and being able to write in Arabic is just the beginning. Any professor who speaks to you will most likely expect that your conversational Arabic is not that strong, and that you will need work. It would be absolutely ridiculous for them to expect anything else. If your Arabic was perfect, there would be no need to study the language further. Chances are you won't feel comfortable in your conversational Arabic until you do field work in an Arab country and immerse yourself totally in the language and culture for an extended period of time. I'm fairly certain that you're not the only person who's afraid because most people in the program will likely have limitations on their ability to speak. Just like teachers in high school didn't expect you to understand calculus before taking algebra, these professors won't expect your level of Arabic to be above what you have already studied. You received A's for a reason, and does anyone ever remember more than 30% of a class after they've turned in that final exam/paper? Don't be too hard on yourself, I'm sure that after 2 and a half years of studying the language you will be fine in graduate school and at the level the department requires. Congrats on getting in, and good luck with everything.
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    Notre Dame Political Science

    Congrats! Apparently the lord is with thee, or at least thee will be with the lord for the next 5-7 years.
  14. JordanJames

    NSSR

    lol, I actually didn't apply to the NSSR, although I would LOVE be at a school where everybody disagreed with me. I actually considered applying, but figured I wouldn't be able to find a professor to work with, and their funding is terrible. I was just checking this thread because the NSSR intrigues me. I don't know what to make of the program or the school.
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    Harvard vs. Social Thought for Pol. Theory

    Go with Chicago. You should also note the criticisms that we've all heard regarding the training of American political theorists in poli sci programs that have led many schools to hire philosophers and theorists from the UK instead of poli sci grads. Nevertheless, it's almost a coin flip between Harvard Government and Chicago Social Thought, but I think most of us will agree that the edge goes to Chicago. The program isn't an orthodox one, but it has established an amazing reputation, should be able to open up greater opportunities (across disciplines), and will be more able to accommodate your interests. One down side: I hear the program is brutal and takes much longer to finish than most poli sci programs, but this is just 3rd hand knowledge that I can't vouch for.
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